Councils fight against hate crime
Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council’s joint community safety team is supporting the campaign, from October 14 to 21, by making information available online and in reception areas of both Amersham and Denham offices.
Hate crime can take many forms, such as assault, harassment or abuse, but all incidents share one thing in common – victims are targeted for simply being who they are.
People can be targeted because of hostility or prejudice towards their race, sexuality, religion, disability or transgender identity.
Many victims do not report these incidents and endure harassment for a long time.
The campaign aims to reassure victims that they do not have to tolerate abuse and it is important to report such incidents, whether it is just one isolated incident or repeated harassment by the same person or group of people.
Hate crime also applies to social media activity and should be reported in the same way as more conventional forms of abuse.
Victims are being encouraged to report all the hate incidents they experience to give police the full picture of the nature of abuse and anyone in a hate crime situation is advised to keep a record of the incidents, which will also help any investigation.
Incidents should be reported to the police as soon as possible.
Call Thames Valley Police via 101 or 999 in an emergency.
Alternately you can call Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.
For more information on hate crime, visit www. chiltern.gov.uk/hatecrime or www.southbucks.gov. uk/hatecrime.
Follow the campaign on social media using the hashtag #NHCAW.
Chiltern District Council’s cabinet member for healthy communities Liz Walsh said: “Hate crime has no place in our socie- ty and I implore anyone experiencing it to find the courage to take action through the proper channels and report it.
“Putting up with it simply allows this unacceptable behaviour to fester and grow like a cancer in our communities. If it causes offence or hurt, it is abusive – simple as that.”
South Bucks District Council’s portfolio holder for healthy communities Cllr Paul Kelly said: “The damage hate crime can wreak on individuals, their families and loved ones is heartbreaking.
“Acceptance of individuality is the foundation for a healthy, tolerant community and victims of hate crime should feel no shame in reporting any incidents they experience.”